Celebrities mourn Kobe Bryant’s death via Twitter

RIP Kobe Byrant

As the news of Kobe Bryant’s death spread around the world on January 26, the social-networking site Twitter came to a virtual standstill, flooded with visitors tweeting the news. Within moments of the first breaking news reports — indicating that Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter 13-year-old daughter Gianna have reportedly died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning in California.  — both #KobeBryant  and #RIPMamba  emerged as two of the network’s highest-rated “trending topics.”

In the hour following confirmation of his death, celebrities rushed to make their grief and condolences public:

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